The Minnewaska Lakers rallied to beat the Bulldogs in the inter-conference wrestling champship on Saturday night in Paynesville.|
Minnewaska, the south champ, scored nine points in the final two weights to beat Paynesville, the north champion, 36-31.
Minnewaska took an 18-0 lead with pins at the first three weights, but the Bulldogs cut that deficit to 22-18 by winning four of five weights from 125 to 145. After the Lakers got a technical fall at 152, they led 27-18.
Senior Josh Kerzman got a pin at 160, senior Ryan Glenz got a 12-10 decision over state-rated Jacob Bryce, and junior Pat Utsch scored a major decision at 189 to give the Dogs a 31-27 lead entering the final two matches.
But in a battle of unbeatens at 215, Minnewaska prevailed and then got a pin at 275 to win the match. Senior Marty Engen suffered his first loss of the season at 215 at the hands of Minnewaska junior Nathan Stoen, ranked fourth at 215 in Class AA. Stoen scored six points in the third period to win 7-4.
Other winners for the Bulldogs were sophomore Jack Mueller with a 4-2 decision at 125, ninth grader Sean Glenz with a pin in overtime at 130, senior Adam Christian with a 7-4 decision at 135, and junior Matt Kerzman with a first-period pin at 145.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 15-6 for the season.
This week, the Dogs will travel to Canby on Friday night with the junior varsity match starting at 5:30 p.m. The Dogs will also host the Paynesville Duals on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. Next week, the Dogs will host Litchfield, a section rival and the top-rated team in Class AA, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the junior varsity starting at 6:30 p.m.
Minnewaska 36, Paynesville 31
103-Sam Goracke (M) pinned Joey Sheridan, 3:49; 112-Joel Swartz (M) pinned Cory Christensen, 1:51; 119-Trevor Larson (M) pinned Pat Noonan, 4:41; 125-Jack Mueller (P) dec. Colin Cihlar, 4-2; 130-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Mark Mitchell, 6:17; 135-Adam Christian (P) dec. Jeremy Fischer, 7-4; 140-Cody Pahan (M) maj. dec. Justin Reeck, 11-2; 145-Matt Kerzman (P) pinned Taylor Jergenson, 1:31; 152-Corey Cihlar (M) tech. falled Joel Kerzman, 16-1; 160-Josh Kerzman (P) pinned Jason Anderson, 4:46; 171-Ryan Glenz (P) dec. Jacob Bryce, 12-10; 189-Pat Utsch (P) maj. dec. Casey Boutain, 10-2; 215-Nathan Stoen (M) dec. Marty Engen, 7-4; 275-Orlin Erickson (M) pinned Brad Person, 2:21.
The Bulldogs finished first in the individual conference tournament on Friday in Sauk Centre, scoring 191.5 points to top Long Prairie-Grey Eagle with 167 points and Sauk Centre with 148 points.
Nine Bulldogs wrestlers earned All Conference honors by taking either first or second in their weight class. Conference champions for the Bulldogs were senior Adam Christian at 135, senior Josh Kerzman at 160, and senior Marty Engen at 189. Taking second were senior Pat Noonan at 119, ninth grader Sean Glenz at 130, senior Justin Reeck at 140, ninth grader Joel Kerzman at 152, junior Pat Utsch at 215, and senior Brad Person at 275.
Ninth grader Joey Sheridan (103), sophomore Cory Christensen, sophomore Jack Mueller (125), and senior Ryan Glenz (171) placed third for the Bulldogs.
By finishing undefeated in conference dual meets and by winning the conference tournament, the Bulldogs captured the overall conference title.
1. Paynesville 191.5
2. LPGE 167
3. Sauk Centre 148
4. Albany 94
5. Melrose 53
103-Joey Sheridan (P)...lost 5-3 to Derek Pesta (LPGE)...won 4-3 over Brad Maciewjeski (A)...Third Place;
112-Cory Christensen (P)...lost 8-4 to Brad Twardowski (LPGE)...won 14-6 over Mark Blackmore (A)...won by fall over Travis Molitor (SC), 4:02...Third Place;
119-Pat Noonan (P)...won 12-6 over Adam Plantenberg (A)...lost by fall to Sam Schad (LPGE)...Second Place;
125-Jack Mueller (P)...lost 13-4 to Travis Pesta (LPGE)...won by fall over Rolfes (A), 3:47...Third Place;
130-Sean Glenz (P)...won 9-4 over Zeis (LPGE)...lost 11-8 to Darrin Quistorff (SC)...Second Place;
135-Adam Christian (P)...won 15-0 over Rasmussen (LPGE)...won 6-2 over Eveslage (M)...won 9-6 over Kurt Haakinson (SC)... First Place;
140-Justin Reeck (P) ...won 7-2 over Kris Doll (A)...lost 10-2 to Cody Olson (SC)...Second Place;
145-Matt Kerzman (P)...lost 6-3 to Grant Schad (LPGE)...lost 9-3 to Hoppe (M)...Fifth Place;
152-Joel Kerzman (P)...won by fall over Goebel (M), 1:55...won by fall over Brent Mergen (A), 1:53...lost 6-2 to Adam Pesta (LPGE)...Second Place;
160-Josh Kerzman (P)...won by fall over Cabrittit (A), 1:18...won by fall over Winter (SC), 3:48...First Place;
171-Ryan Glenz (P)...lost 3-2 to Adam Goebel (A)...won by fall over Noel Meyer (M), 2:43...won by fall over Jenkins (LPGE), 2:26...Third Place;
189-Marty Engen (P)... bye...won by default over Adam Blackmore (A)...First Place;
215-Pat Utsch (P)...won by fall over Mandel (A), 3:03...lost 3-2 to Scott Twardowski (LPGE)...Second Place
275-Brad Person...won by fall over Matt Groetsch (SC), 5:41...lost by fall to Jenkins (LPGE), 4:58...Second Place.
Dominance in the lower weights helped the Bulldogs sweep a triangular against Rocori and Annandale/Maple Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Dogs won the last five weights in each match, sweeping the matches from 160 to 275 and beating Rocori 51-14 and Annandale/Maple Lake 47-18.
Against Rocori, the Dogs led 21-14 going into the 160-pound match but got five straight pins to end the match, scoring 30 points. Senior Josh Kerzman (160), senior Ryan Glenz (171), junior Pat Utsch (189), senior Marty Engen (215), and senior Brad Person recorded these pins for the Bulldogs.
Against Annandale/Maple Lake, the Dogs led 19-18 going into 160 but got two technical falls and three pins to score 28 points in the last five weights. Kerzman (160) and Glenz (171) started the run with technical falls. Engen (189), Utsch (215), and Person completed it with pins.
The Bulldogs also got strong starts in the triangular. The Dogs led 15-0 against Rocori and 9-0 against Annandale/Maple Lake. Ninth grader Joey Sheridan won two matches at 103, a pin and a major decision, to give the Dogs early leads. Sophomore Cory Christensen also won twice at 112, by technical fall and forfeit.
Other winners for the Bulldogs against Rocori were senior Pat Noonan at 119, senior Justin Reeck at 140, and senior Josh Johnson at 145. Other winners against Annandale/Maple Lake were ninth grader Sean Glenz at 130 and ninth grader Joel Kerzman at 145.
Paynesville 51, Rocori 14
103-Joey Sheridan (P) pinned Travis Sharer, 0:18; 112-Cory Christensen (P) won by forfeit; 119-Pat Noonan (P) dec. Sam Howe, 7-1; 125-Darren Nathan (R) maj. dec. Jack Mueller, 11-2; 130-Grant Johnson (R) dec. Sean Glenz, 10-8 (OT); 135-Joey Howe (R) dec. Keith Klein, 10-3; 140-Justin Reeck (P) dec. Dean Demarais, 4-3; 145-Josh Johnson (P) dec. Max Johannes, 12-7; 152-Ben Johnson (R) maj. dec. Joel Kerzman, 13-5; 160-Josh Kerzman (P) pinned Ian Schorn, 1:15; 171-Ryan Glenz (P) pinned Matt Toren, 3:43; 189-Pat Utsch (P) pinned Adam Bloom, 0:56; 215-Marty Engen (P) pinned Matt Hesse, 0:25; 275-Brad Person (P) pinned Justin Heurung, 1:12.
Paynesville 47, A/ML 18
103-Joey Sheridan (P) maj. dec. Cory Salverson, 14-3; 112-Cory Christensen (P) tech. falled Jay Forness, 26-10; 119-Ben Anderson (A/ML) dec. Pat Noonan, 7-4; 125-Phil Roemer (A/ML) dec. Jack Mueller, 9-3; 130-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Aaron Hempel, 3:03; 135-Dusty Alama (A/ML) pinned John Hemingson, 5:26; 140-Stephen Pilgrim (A/ML) dec. Justin Reeck, 5-0; 145-Joel Kerzman (P) maj. dec. Nick Demarais, 10-2; 152-Adam Northen-scold (A/ML) dec. Josh Johnson, 9-8; 160-Josh Kerzman (P) tech. falled scott Christen, 15-0; 171-Ryan Glenz (P) tech. falled Tom Ogden, 16-1; 189-Marty Engen (P) pinned Brad Salverson, 1:23; 215-Pat Utsch (P) pinned Michalski, 5:08; 275-Brad Person (P) pinned dusty Nicks, 5:45.
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